Basel, March 21: Chen Jin won the Swiss Open Super Series, but the event was remarkable for the number of upsets and other unusual results it produced.
Other winners: Wang Shixian, who got the better of Jiang Yanjiao; fresh pair Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun / Yoo Yeon Seong in the MD; Yu Yang/ Qian Ting in the WD and Lee Yong Dae/ Lee Hyo Jung in the mixed.
The men’s doubles was the most unexpected, with Yoo playing in his first ever Super Series final, and the first ever major title for both men. They had wins over the Super Series Masters champions, the All England champions, and then finally world No.1 Koo Kien Keat / Tan Boon Heong.
Chen Jin beat compatriot Chen Long 12-21 21-15 21-17. India’s Chetan Anand lost to Tago in the first round, 12-21 21-15 21-18, while Anup Sridhar blew five match points against qualifier Shon Wan Ho in a 21-13 15-21 22-20 loss in the first round.
Consider these other results: Lin Dan falling to Gade in the quarters 16, 17 (Gade’s first win over Lin in four years); Taufik to qualifier Kazhushi Yamada; Du Pengyu over All England finalist Kenich Tago (2nd round).
But more importantly, in the women’s singles: Wang Yihan falling to Yip Pui Yin (2nd round: 21-17 24-22); Lu Lan to Ella Diehl (quarters: 22-20 21-15) and Pi Hongyan to Bae Youn Joo.
Shixian overcame in successive rounds: Anna Rice, Wang Chen, Yip Pui Yin, Ella Diehl, and finally Jiang Yanjiao 21-15 21-19.
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